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Poster: A/V Geek Skip Date: Nov 8, 2005 6:42am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright question

Well, the copyright holder won't have to do anything. The copyright for the original Star Wars is automatically renewed for a total of 95 years from when it was released. Of course, this total keeps getting extended by Congress thanks to lobbyists representing Hollywood and the music industry, so its possible that the original version will be under copyright forever.

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Poster: Campfire Date: Jan 8, 2006 5:09am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright question

In response to the other part of the original question, altering a movie does make it subject to a renewed copyright. An old silent movie with a new music track, for instance, is copyrighted as a "new" movie and THAT VERSION of it is thus subject to all normal copyright restrictions.